Your Response to Suffering

The below is an excerpt On Character in Action taken from The Character of the Christian which is part of the reference materials used for the STM (Missions Trip) 2015.

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“When God wants to drill a man
And thrill a man
And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great & bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him & hurts him,
And with mighty blows coverts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendour out –
God knows what He is about!”

Help shape believers lives & allow yourself to be shaped by God!

The cost? a worthwhile inconvenience of serving for 10 days

Note: Required leave days if you’re working a 5day work-week: 6days

God’s Communicable & Incommunicable Attributes

God’s Attributes (Source: ODB)

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We cannot know God unless He reveals Himself to us. An attribute of God is a characteristic that God has chosen to reveal about Himself through His Word. Incommunicable attributes are those that belong to God alone (e.g., omniscience [all-knowing]; omnipotence [all-powerful]; omnipresence [present everywhere]; immutability [unchangeable]; infinite [having no limits]; transcendence [beyond comprehension]).

Communicable attributes are those that human beings can also possess (e.g., compassion, love, mercy, goodness). In Isaiah 55:8-9, God reveals that He is unlike any other being and our finite minds can never fully understand Him (see Job 11:7-9; Ps. 131:1; Rom. 11:33). Throughout Scripture we are told that there is no one like God (see Ex. 15:11; Ps. 35:10; 89:6-8; Isa. 40:25).

Thought for the Week

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Oh, the Spirit-filled life may be thine, may be thine,
Ever in your soul Shechinah glory may shine;
It is yours to live with the tempests all stilled,
It is yours with God’s blest Holy Spirit to be filled;
It is yours, even yours, for your Lord has so willed.

~Streams in the Desert – Revival

A Story of Faith

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Noah believed that God would send rain even though he had never seen it before and moved with godly fear, obeyed God’s command to prepare an ark.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

God’s Grace

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His grace is great enough to meet the small things –

The little principle troubles that annoy,

The insect worries, buzzing and persistent,

The squeaking wheels that grate upon our joy.

~Annie Johnson Flint~

Called Aside

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In hidden paths with Christ your Lord to tread,
Deeper to drink at the sweet Fountainhead,
Closer in fellowship with Him to room,
Never, perhaps, to feel your Heavenly Home.

~ John Ruskin

O Joy that Seekest Me Through Pain

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“O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee,I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain,That morn shalt tearless be.”O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from Thee,I lay in dust life’s glory dead, And from the ground there blossoms red,Life that shall endless be.” ~George Matheson

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

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“O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee,
I give Thee back the life I owe, That in thine ocean depths its flow,
May richer, fuller be.
“O Light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee,
My heart restores its borrowed ray, That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day,
May brighter, fairer be.”
~George Matheson~